decreased or freedom from duty or responsibility
- a kind of untrustworthiness; the characteristic of lacking a sense of responsibility rather than experiencing in charge of your actions
- Want of, or freedom from, responsibility or accountability.
1818; see reckless + -ity.
(n.) desire of, or freedom from, responsibility or accountability.
In politics the revulsion from his particuar conclusions did not prevent the more clear-sighted of his opponents from recognizing the force of his supreme demonstration of the practical irresponsibility of the sovereign power, wherever seated, in the state; and, when in a later age the foundations of a positive theory of legislation were laid in England, the school of Bentham - James Mill, Grote, Molesworth - brought again into general notice the writings of the great publicist of the 17th century, who, however he might, by the force of temperament, himself prefer the rule of one, based his whole political system upon a rational regard to the common weal.